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Certified Trial Attorney” is a designation granted by the New Jersey Supreme Court to attorneys who are able to demonstrate sufficient levels of experience, education, knowledge and skill in criminal and/or civil trial practice.  The Supreme Court, through its Board on Trial Attorney Certification, designates only those lawyers who apply for certification and who are able to meet the standards set by the Board and approved by the Court.


An attorney must meet the following requirements to become Board certified:

  • Must be a member in good standing of the New Jersey bar for at least 5 years

  • In the 3 years prior to filing an application, must have taken continuing legal education courses

  • Must show a substantial involvement in preparation of litigated matters and demonstrate primary responsibility for a specific number of completed trials in the New Jersey Superior Court

  • Must demonstrate an unblemished reputation by submitting a list of attorneys and judges who will attest to the applicant's character and ability

  • Must pass written examination covering various aspects of trial practice

The Certification program helps consumers find attorneys who have a recognized level of competence in specialized fields of law.  Certification also helps lawyers by giving them a way to make their experience known to the public and to other lawyers.


Certification is good for seven years.  To be recertified, an attorney must apply for recertification every five years and meet requirements that are similar to certification.


Although many practicing trial attorneys now advertise in newspapers, on television, in the Yellow Pages and on the internet, only attorneys certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court are entitled to use the designation “Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney” on their letterhead, business cards, Yellow Page listings or in their advertisements.


Anyone in need of more information regarding the certification program should address his/her questions to: Board on Trial Attorney Certification, CN970, Trenton, NJ 08625, (609) 777-0366



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